Postdoctoral Research Associate, Audiology

Adelaide, Australia
Nov 02, 2020
End of advertisement period
Dec 01, 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About Flinders

Our bold vision, captured in our Strategic Plan: making a Difference: The 2025 Agenda, is to be internationally recognised as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates.

To realise this ambition, we recently made a significant organisation change to a six College structure with a professional staff and services alignment.

We recognise the key to our success is exceptional people and we’re seeking an outstanding individual to join the team of our transformed university.

Employment Type:

Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Position Summary

Fixed-term, full-time available for 2 years

Compensation Grade:
Research Academic Level A

Salary Range:
$76,955 - $93,259 pa

Reporting to:

Professor of Audiology, College of Nursing and Health Sciences

The Postdoctoral Research Associate (Audiology), under the direction of the supervisor, will undertake Audiology aligned research, in particular, around action on Hearing Loss funded international Discovery Research Grant entitled “Does neuromodulation have what it takes to silence tinnitus for the long-term?”

The aim of this project is to optimise High Definition Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (HD-tDCS) and its impact on Tinnitus perception & underlying brain networks. The project will involve conducting studies involving people with tinnitus at CNHS, South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), & Audiology clinics, Flinders using HD-tDCS and fMRI in collaboration with Prof Mark Jenkinson.

Working under the supervision of the Chief Investigator and with the research team/s, the incumbent will, under limited supervision, independently design and execute research projects. The incumbent will also work with the Chief Investigator to identify research grant and publication opportunities, prepare submissions in related research areas and prepare and submit high quality academic publications. The incumbent may also be required to coordinate and/or lead the activities of other staff.

Key Position Responsibilities

The Postdoctoral Research Associate is accountable for:

  • Actively support and contribute to the HD-tDCS and imaging experiments to study the impact of HD-tDCS on tinnitus perception and underlying brain networks.
  • Under limited supervision, analyse and interpret fMRI data.
  • Making an independent high-quality contribution to the planning and execution of research design, implementation and analysis, writing up results and outcomes dissemination.
  • Contributing to the coordination of the Project Research Team to successfully deliver project milestones and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
  • Contributing to the coordinating, planning and executing the project tasks required to collaborate with multidisciplinary partners.
  • Contributing to ethical, high quality research through activities such as scholarship, quality publication, external grant acquisition and presentations that aligns with the College areas of research strength and focus.
  • Assisting principal supervisors with supervision of postgraduate students.
  • Independently contributing to the planning and execution of research by offering new and innovative ideas, reviewing relevant literature and other sources of information, actively participating in the preparation of data for publication, contributing to the writing and editing of ethics and grant applications.
  • Assisting in training of other lab members, communicating and regularly reporting the data and results to the collaborating scientists.
  • Assisting in the recruitment and screening of tinnitus volunteers for inclusion in studies.
  • Establishing and maintaining collaborations within the University, and at State, national and international levels in order to improve research outputs, patents and publications.
  • Any other responsibilities in line with the level of the position as assigned by the Supervisor and/or the University.

Key Position Capabilities

  • Completion of a PhD in Neuroscience, Audiology, Psychology, or relevant subject. (If the degree has not yet been granted, the final accepted version of the thesis should have been submitted to the degree granting university by the time of starting)
  • Demonstrated high quality academic research using imaging (fMRI) techniques
  • Demonstrated emerging research experience in terms of publications and presentations at a national and/or international level in a relevant field
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and execute data collection and quantitative analysis
  • Experience in clinical research, recruitment of research participants & ethics applications
  • Demonstrated experience of designing experiments and carrying them through to a successful conclusion.
  • Demonstrated experience in grant writing and applications.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills in an academic environment
  • Demonstrated track record of high-quality publications
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver project targets on time
  • Demonstrated understanding of contemporary issues in Tinnitus, HD-tDCS & fMRI.
  • Demonstrated well-developed interpersonal skills and the capacity to collaborate and engage with diverse stakeholders and industry partners
  • Demonstrated ability to critically review the literature, fMRI data acquisition, analysis & interpretation.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake collaborative research and establish and maintain effective relationships with staff and industry
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills in an academic environment

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Pursuant to Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 (SA) this position has been deemed prescribed.  It is an inherent requirement of the position that the successful candidate maintains a current Working With Children Check which is satisfactory to the University.

Information for Applicants: You are required to provide a suitability statement of no more than three pages, addressing the key capabilities of the position as outlined above. In addition, you are required to upload your CV.

A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.

We are seeking to increase the diversity to improve equal opportunity outcomes for employees, and therefore we encourage female applicants, people with a disability and/or from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders descent to apply.

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted.

Applications to be submitted before:

01 Dec 2020